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Closing in on last year's goal

December 20, 2005

With the economy rebounding and new residents joining the community, the United Way of Washington County had high hopes for 2005.

A goal of $1.7 million was set, just slightly more than last year's tally of $1.63 million.

Then Hurricanes Katrina and Rita hit and two large local companies closed plants. Like a tiny bungalow pounded by a storm surge, the campaign took big blows.

Money that might have helped local charities went to Gulf Coast relief instead, and contributors who might have helped the local campaign had to look for new jobs instead.

But the United Way's campaign volunteers didn't give up, redoubling their efforts to meet the needs of local nonprofits that assist youths, veterans and abused women and children.

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At this writing, the campaign has raised $1.56 million. And, with just a few weeks left to go, campaign officials aren't certain that the $1.7 million goal for 2005 can be reached.

But they are determined to reach last year's total, so that if member agencies can't expand their services, at least they won't have to make any significant cuts to them.

That's a $70,000 difference, which would not be hard to make up if the community pulled together.

Can you help see that local youth and adults get the aid they need? If so, please mail a check to United Way of Washington County, 18706 Crestwood Drive, Hagerstown MD 21742.

If you need more information about how you can help the campaign, please call 301-739-8200.

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